The Trail Went Cold
The Trail Went Cold - Episode 182 - Cherita Thomas

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 182 - Cherita Thomas

July 8, 2020

August 3, 1980. AuSable Township, Michigan. 20-year old Cherita Thomas borrows her friend’s car in order to pick up her daughter from a babysitter, but the vehicle breaks down before she arrives. Witnesses see Cherita climbing into a blue pick-up truck driven by a white male, but she is never heard from again. Jimmie Allen Nelson, the babysitter’s brother-in-law, is suspected of harming Cherita in a racially motivated hate crime, and even though Cherita’s body is not found, Nelson is charged and convicted of her murder three decades later. However, Nelson’s conviction is overturned when newly discovered evidence surfaces which reportedly implicates another suspect, so the murder charge against him is dismissed in 2014. Was Jimmie Allen Nelson actually responsible for Cherita Thomas’ disappearance? If not, then what actually happened to her? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles a convoluted missing persons case which has had a number of surprising twists and turns over the past 40 years.

Special thanks to Chris Wimmer for providing the opening narration on today’s episode. Be sure to listen to Chris’ podcast, “Infamous America” (https://blackbarrelmedia.com/infamous-america/).

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 181 - Tamra Keepness

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 181 - Tamra Keepness

July 1, 2020

July 5, 2004. Regina, Saskatchewan. Five-year old Tamra Keepness heads for bed while her mother, Lorena Keepness, goes out drinking, leaving Tamra and her five siblings alone at their house. Lorena eventually returns home, but when she wakes up later that morning, she discovers that Tamra is missing. Since Tamra lives in a dysfunctional home alongside adults who have substance abuse issues and a history of troubles with the law, there is suspicion that they might know more about her disappearance than they’re saying. Ten years later, an anonymous Reddit user posts a photo of a hand-drawn map for Tamra’s alleged burial location, but an investigation turns up nothing and no trace of Tamra is ever found. Was Tamra Keepness the victim of an abduction, or was someone in her household responsible for her disappearance? On this week’s special Canada Day edition of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a tragic unsolved case from our host country involving a missing Indigenous child.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 180 - Joseph Edwards

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 180 - Joseph Edwards

June 24, 2020

July 12, 1964. Vidalia, Louisiana. 25-year old Joseph “Joe-Ed” Edwards is seen leaving his place of employment, the Shamrock Motel. Shortly thereafter, an eyewitness sees Joe-Ed’s vehicle pulled over by the side of the highway and three white males and what appears to be an unmarked police car are also at the scene. Joe-Ed is never heard from again and his abandoned vehicle is discovered one week later. As the years go by, rumours circulate that Joe-Ed was the victim of a hate crime and may have been murdered for attempting to kiss a white woman. Some local police officers and members of the Ku Klux Klan are suspected of being responsible for Joe-Ed’s disappearance, but even after multiple investigations by the FBI and Department of Justice, no one is ever charged and no trace of Joe-Ed is ever found. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we travel back to the Civil Rights Era and explore the horrific and tragic story of an unsolved racially-motivated disappearance which took place only ten days after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law.

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“The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 179 - The Diggs Family Murders

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 179 - The Diggs Family Murders

June 17, 2020

December 6, 1975. Teaneck, New Jersey. After spending the night in New York City, 40-year old bar owner Wesley Diggs returns to his suburban home and discovers that his entire family has been murdered. Wesley’s 39-year old wife, Jean, and their four children – 17-year old Audrey, 16-year old Allison, 12-year old Wesley Jr. and 5-year old Roger – have each been shot multiple times and there are no signs of any forced entry. While Wesley is not considered to be a suspect, police express their belief that he might know more about the crime than he’s letting on, a claim which he denies. Over the years, a number of different theories are explored, including a botched robbery and a murder-suicide, but the investigation fails to turn any conclusive answers. On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore the unsolved murders of an African-American family, a crime which has stumped investigators for nearly 45 years.

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“The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 178 - The 3X Murders

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 178 - The 3X Murders

June 10, 2020

June 11, 1930. New York City. While parked inside his car with his mistress at a secluded lover’s lane area, 39-year old Joseph Mozynski is shot to death by an unidentified assailant, who leaves Joseph’s female companion alive and gives her a cryptic note. Five days later, 26-year old Noel Sowley is fatally shot inside his car under similar circumstances and the gunman also leaves Noel’s girlfriend alive and gives her another note. The killer sends out a series of letters claiming that he is a special agent from an organization called the Red Diamond of Russia and committed the murders while on a secret mission to recover some important documents. All of his letters are signed “3X”, but in spite of an extensive police manhunt, the perpetrator is never identified. Who was the mysterious “3X” and what his actual motive for these crimes? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” chronicles the bizarre saga of the “3X Murders” which have remained unsolved for 90 years.

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“The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 177 - David Lewis

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 177 - David Lewis

June 3, 2020

January 31, 1993. Amarillo, Texas. The wife and daughter of 39-year old David Lewis return home from a weekend trip and discover that David is not at the house and has left his watch and wedding ring behind. David’s abandoned car is soon discovered in the downtown area with his identification and many other personal items inside, but even though investigators turn up a series of bizarre clues, including a pair of plane tickets purchased under David’s name, they are unable to find him. Eleven years later, David is positively identified as a John Doe who was fatally struck by a vehicle on a highway in Yakima County, Washington just over 24 hours after he originally went missing. But how and why did David wind up nearly 1,600 miles from his home? Did he travel there voluntarily or was he abducted? Was David’s death a random hit-and-run accident, an elaborate suicide, or an intentional homicide? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the truly bizarre unexplained death of David Lewis, one of the most baffling mysteries we’ve ever covered.

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“The Trail Went Cold” is now doing a weekly livestream show on GetVokl every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM ET as part of their “True Crime Thursday” line-up. For more information, please visit their website.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 176 - Heather Uffelman & Jennifer Lynn Stone

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 176 - Heather Uffelman & Jennifer Lynn Stone

May 27, 2020

October 24, 1992. Marietta, Georgia. 22-year old Heather Uffelman and her 22-year old fiancée, Jeremy Rolfs, make a lengthy drive from Tennessee in order to sell expensive computer equipment to a man calling himself “Tom Johnson”. After meeting Johnson in a motel room, he bludgeons the couple with a hammer before stealing the equipment. While Jeremy survives the ordeal, Heather succumbs to her injuries. Eighteen months later, a Nashville man named Thomas Steeples is arrested for the brutal murders of another couple in a motel room and becomes a promising suspect in this crime, but soon dies in jail of a drug overdose. Was Thomas Steeples the mysterious “Tom Johnson”? If not, then who was the actual perpetrator?

April 23, 1992. Athens, Georgia. 22-year old University of Georgia student Jennifer Lynn Stone is found raped and strangled to death inside the bedroom of her off-campus home. Two of Jennifer’s cameras have been stolen, but they are eventually recovered and linked to an unidentified man who traded them for drugs on the morning of the crime. Even though investigators have a lot of physical evidence to work with, including DNA, they are unable to match it to the perpetrator.

On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore two unsolved murders which took place in Georgia in 1992. Special thanks to listener Kelly Tucker for narrating the opening of this episode.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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The Trail Went Cold - Episode 175 - Mary Agnes Gross

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 175 - Mary Agnes Gross

May 20, 2020

June 12, 1962. Worthington, Minnesota. 20-year old Marlys Gross gives birth to a baby daughter named Mary Agnes, but is told by the hospital staff that the child died shortly after she was born. Mary Agnes is given a funeral and buried in a grave, but months later, Marlys is mailed a photograph of an unidentified family holding a baby whom she believes is her daughter. Over the next three decades, Marlys would discover a number of suspicious discrepancies to make her believe that Mary Agnes is still alive, so she petitions to have her gravesite exhumed in 1996. While skeletal remains of a deceased child are found, DNA testing reveals that they do not belong to Mary Agnes. Did the hospital orchestrate a cover-up in order to perform a black-market adoption and sell Mary Agnes to another family? If so, then whose remains were buried in Mary Agnes’ grave? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores a very bizarre and complicated mystery about the disappearance of a newborn infant.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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The Trail Went Cold - Episode 174 - The Mills Family Murders

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 174 - The Mills Family Murders

May 13, 2020

February 26, 1980. Berkeley, California. 51-year old Al Mills, his 40-year old wife, Jeannie, and Jeannie’s 16-year old daughter, Daphene, are all shot to death, execution-style, in their home. Jeannie’s 17-year old son, Eddie, is left unharmed inside his bedroom, but claims he did not hear the murders take place. Years earlier, the Mills family had defected from the Reverend Jim Jones’ infamous cult, the Peoples Temple, and become outspoken advocates against them. Following the Jonestown Massacre, rumours circulated that surviving members of the cult were going to target the family as revenge. However, investigators suspect that Eddie was the actual perpetrator and make an unsuccessful attempt to charge him with the crime 25 years later. Did Eddie Mills murder his own family, or were they victims of an assassination by outside intruders? This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores an unsolved triple homicide and its potential connection to the Jonestown saga.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

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The Trail Went Cold - Episode 173 - Chad Maurer

The Trail Went Cold - Episode 173 - Chad Maurer

May 6, 2020

May 19, 1990. Madison, Wisconsin. After coming home from his job at a bicycle shop to grab food during his lunch break, 19-year old Chad Maurer tells his parents that he is going to return to his workplace, but he soon turns up missing. Two days later, Chad’s body is found in his car inside a garage on the South Side of Chicago and his cause of death is determined to be carbon monoxide poisoning. While the police initially believe that Chad’s death was a suicide, there are numerous bruises and injuries on his body which seem to indicate foul play. Chad’s parents receive information to suggest he may have been murdered because he became involved in drug trafficking, but there are no conclusive answers about what happened to him. This week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” explores the bizarre case of a young man who turned up dead under mysterious circumstances at a location over 150 miles from his home. In addition, we will also discuss the strange 1988 death of 25-year old Kenneth Engie, who also succumbed to carbon monoxide inside his garage in his hometown of Edmore, North Dakota.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.